Landed in Dublin on time a little after 9am and got my rental car and made the drive cross country to Shannon. It was a rare sunny and beautiful day so I got to see a good bit of the iconic Irish countryside in full splendor.
Not thrilled about being back here for a number of reasons, but mostly because I’ll miss mom’s birthday and Thanksgiving—all for a job that is in freefall and has no chance of going live on-time. But our bosses remain in denial, unwilling to admit that they’ve created a dysfunctional program and dynamic among a group of partners and internal staff, and so they continue flogging everyone to work harder; to row harder against the tide, hoping somehow that the currents coming against us will magically reverse. Hope, it appears, is our primary strategy at this point. So we will see how things go.
I finished the Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis on the plane and started Michelle Obamas ‘Becoming’. So far, a terrific book and the review will be added to this site when I finish.
I’m staying this time at the Bunratty Castle Hotel. The hotel probably hit its peak glory years about 30 years ago. Now it’s pretty tired and dim and dark. Paint and carpets and drapes are old, faded and out of date. But this hotel is walking distance to several restaurants so that makes it worthwhile. No need to go drive anywhere.